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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Grounds to Believe by Shelley Bates

Unfortunately, Grounds to Believe was everything I expected it to be. The storyline and ending I predicted when I read the back and saw the cover was true. While there's nothing wrong with it, it also fell in line with all the other predictable, average novels on the market.
It's about a man searching for his daughter, who was taken by a cult several years before. His searching has led him to another cult where he meets a woman and tries to get her to open up. After several dates deemed illegal by her cult, the man miraculously finds a piece of evidence leading him to his daughter.
The characters are bad; either dramatic or perfect.
I didn't really find any purpose in reading this book. I started and ended it feeling the same way: disappointed.
The book didn't take me very long to get through, thank God. This kind of writing makes me think Bates has no backbone to be original, but only to copy the same old story over again. But this is a debut novel, so we'll have to see what she does next.
1.5 stars

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